Today, Stacey Sao of Boston Central kindly shares a second guest post with her favorite activity picks for this weekend:
Kick off your weekend at the Kendall Square Annual Holiday on Ice Show. Two outdoor shows will feature performances by former stars of Disney on Ice and the Ice Capades, as well as complimentary skating and snacks throughout the day. The Kelly Outdoor Rink in JP is also hosting a day of free skating on Sunday. And looking ahead this month, Boston Common's Frog Pond will be open for skating on Christmas Day this year from 4-9pm and the Disney on Ice Princess Wishes tour will be in town the week after Christmas.
In the literary vein, the Boston Children's Theatre performs The Velveteen Rabbit this weekend; this show features actors, original music, and puppets created by Marjorie Tudor of the Tasha Tudor family. And Barefoot Books is hosting a special Music & Storytime with Tim Seston at their Concord store. All ages are welcome.
Want to spot Santa? The Boston Pops Christmas Concert will make a stop in Lowell on Sunday. Keith Lockhart and the orchestra ring in the season with a sing-a-long and a special visit from Jolly Old Saint Nick. If you'd prefer a more personal visit with the man in red, you can visit Santa's Workshop in Newburyport, where children can visit with Santa, tell him their Christmas wishes, and receive a complimentary photo. And the North Pole Express will also ride this Saturday from the Newburyport MBTA Station.
If holiday lights and trains are your thing, hop on board at Edaville USA for their annual Festival of Holiday Lights; hundreds of light displays will surround you on this magical train ride. At the Wenham Museum, you can enjoy the magic of their Gingerbread Express Model Train Layout featuring gingerbread houses, farms, castles, and more -- all created by local professional and amateur bakers. South Station also features a (much smaller) Holiday Train Display in the main concourse. (A cute diversion if you happen to be in the area!)
Old Sturbridge Village's Christmas by Candlelight can help you escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas for a few hours with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). A ride on The Polar Express at the Ecotarium in Worcester is always a special treat. There also is a cool Gingerbread Castle Competition at the Higgins Armory Museum this weekend.
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